Vegetation restoration for open sandy habitats in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada, using richness, rarity, coefficients of conservatism, the floristic quality index and a case study from the Pinhey Dune.

Catling, P.M. (2014). "Vegetation restoration for open sandy habitats in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada, using richness, rarity, coefficients of conservatism, the floristic quality index and a case study from the Pinhey Dune.", Biodiversity, 15(2-3), pp. 73-87. doi : 10.1080/14888386.2014.932258  Access to full text

Abstract

A vegetation restoration procedure was developed for open sandy habitats in the Ottawa Valley of Ontario. It was designed to restore a pre-determined plant association and consisted of six steps: (1) determine the restoration objective and role of vegetation; (2) determine the potential natural vegetation of the restoration site based on survey of regional remnants resulting in a list of native species with an indication of their regional status and coefficients of conservatism; (3) determine what vegetation is present on the restoration site resulting in another list of native species with an indication of their regional status and coefficients of conservatism; (4) calculate a floristic quality index (FQI) for the restoration site; (5) based on the soil moisture at the site and the regional survey, develop a potential list, following introduction, of native species, rare native species, and a FQI for the potentially restored site; (6) complete restoration and monitor effectiveness using the target species richness, rare species richness and FQI. Details of these steps are outlined and an example of the process is provided.

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